Write With Confidence, Clarity and Style
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Note: This program replaces our certificate programs in Advanced Fiction Writing, Literary Fiction Writing, Memoir Writing, Nonfiction Writing, Popular Fiction Writing, Screenwriting, and Writing for Children.
Crisp, engaging writing always stands out, delivering meaning and capturing the attention and imagination of any reader. Whether you’re looking to hone your overall writing chops or focus on a particular type of writing, we offer a wide variety of courses to help you sharpen your skills and accomplish your goals.
Our flexible Certificate in Writing program allows you to personalize your experience and select courses that match your area of interest. Course categories include fiction, nonfiction, memoir, screenwriting, publishing and children's literature.
Current and aspiring writers who want to develop their craft.
The individual skills and knowledge you’ll gain from this program depends on the courses you choose. These can include:
You’ll craft at least one manuscript or piece of writing that you can submit for publication or other formal use.
To earn the Certificate in Writing, you need to complete the equivalent of three full-quarter courses (nine continuing education units) in two years or less.
You should register for all courses individually; there is no application process for the certificate program.
The Art of Writing
Fiction Writing: Character
Fiction Writing: Craft
Fiction Writing: The Novel
Popular Fiction Writing
Memoir Writing: Finding Your Story
Memoir Writing: Structuring Your Story
Nonfiction Writing: Craft
Nonfiction Writing: Story
Writing & Publishing the Personal Essay
Writing Children’s Literature: Overview
Writing Children’s Literature: Revision
Writing Children’s Literature: Picture Books
Screenwriting: Character & Plot
Screenwriting: Completing Your Script
Publishing Your Writing
Writing: Manuscript Consultation
Certificate in Writing
Approved by the UW Department of English.
Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.
Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.
Not available for this program
Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.
Writer, Teacher, Coach
Producer and Storyfinder®
Our newly developed Certificate in Writing program offers a highly flexible format and 20 different courses to help you sharpen your writing skills, no matter your chosen field or genre.
Explore the fundamental concepts and practical applications of technical writing. Learn the styles, formats and requirements for different kinds of technical communication.
Learn how to define the narrative and distribute your message across multiple channels. Develop a complete strategic communications plan that positions your brand and connects with your target audience.
Build practical skills in developmental editing, copy editing and collaborating with writers, and develop the expertise to transform a rough draft into a polished work.
Gain the conceptual knowledge and technical skills to create compelling visual stories. Get hands-on experience and produce your own professional-quality film.